TBI Weekly

TBI Weekly: Six lessons from six months of HBO Max

Today marks six months to the day since WarnerMedia’s US SVOD service HBO Max launched straight into the middle of a crowded marketplace and a global pandemic. Its entry on 27 May did not have the instant impact of Disney+’s IP-filled explosion, but the six months since have revealed plenty – from surging international acquisition […]

TBI Weekly: What comes after the streaming revolution?

Covid-19 has accelerated a swathe of trends that were already apparent across the business prior to the pandemic, none more so than the ongoing – and industry-changing – transition towards global streaming services.  However, as exec moves and organisational streamlining continues at breakneck speed, what will happen once the dust settles on the current restructuring (particularly in the […]

Six reasons why 2020 has been the year of AVOD

With an unexpected global pandemic and the roll-out of direct-to-consumer streamers from the US studios dominating much of the content-related conversation this year, it’s easy to forget that 2020 had been pencilled in by many as being the break-out year for AVOD. And while considerably more might have been written about DTC and Covid-19, advertising-supported streaming […]

TBI Weekly: Georgia Senate hopeful Jon Ossoff on democracy & the media

As the US elections play out to a global audience, TBI returns to a column we first published last year from Jon Ossoff, the MD & CEO at Insight TWI, who is also the Democratic Party’s Senate nominee for Georgia. Here, Ossoff – who is currently neck and neck with Republican incumbent David Perdue in his bid to represent the […]

TBI Weekly: Supersized restructuring reflects global streaming revolution

Covid-19’s impact on the global TV industry is going to be felt for years to come and the changes it has brought about are myriad. Yet while the focus at the start of the pandemic was largely on the impact on production and dwindling ad revenues for broadcasters, the repercussions more recently have seen a […]

TBI Weekly: Why Quibi’s failure isn’t the end for shortform

Sarah Jane Thomson, CEO at global shortform streamer discover.film, digs into the reasons behind Quibi’s closure after just seven months – and considers what it means for the shortform genre as a whole. So somewhat sadly but unsurprisingly, Quibi has shut up shop almost as quickly as it opened – but what is the reason behind such […]

TBI Weekly: What MIPCOM Online+ delivered this week

It has been a MIPCOM like no other and yet despite the lack of rosé and late-night gossiping on the Croisette, distributors and buyers still came together – with numerous deals emerging over the past five days. Here, TBI reflects on some of the key pick-ups to have been revealed over the week and explores […]

TBI Weekly: Dialling down on distribution ahead of MIPCOM Online+

This year’s pre-MIPCOM rush has felt like nothing else before it, not least because no one is counting down the hours before their plane, train or automobile whisks them off to the French Riviera for a few days of frenetic selling and networking – and a glass of rosé or six. Despite this, there has […]

TBI Weekly: Five takeaways from the UK production census

UK trade body Pact today unveiled its annual production census, revealing record figures driven largely by international commissions. Here, we explore five key findings. Global relevance One of the stand-out finding from Pact’s UK Production Census 2020 was the huge growth of revenue driven by international commissions. These were up by 40% on 2018, from […]

TBI Weekly: Six takeaways from a week of scripted developments

Scripted has been at the centre of a storm since Covid-19 landed as global lockdowns halted filming, threw production companies’ futures in the air and played havoc with commissioning plans. This past week, however, has seen a flurry of activity that suggests the sector is rapidly adapting to the new normal. ITV Studios snags Nicola […]

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